Someone is clearly listening to our movie prayers. Director Julie Dash is being courted to film "Tupelo 77," a feature film centered on a small Mississippi town during the summer of 1977. Casting is currently underway, with Bob Crowe (Stained) of Angel Entertainment and Sean Hewitt (Carry Me Home) already on board as producers. According to the film's press release: "The film chronicles the lives of a group of women of various ages and races who are regulars at a roadside diner.  Together they struggle to transcend the obstacles of poverty, racial and religious differences, and the persistent wounds of war."

Eager to join the "Tupelo 77" team, Dash understands the importance of telling Black stories on film. "It is not every day that I come across a story that so beautifully depicts the kinds of relationships that transcend race and age and that simply tell a tale about a corner of the world," says Dash. "The script really spoke to me and I felt that I already knew the women on the page. I am very excited to work on this meaningful story about relationships.”  Acclaimed by both critics and moviegoers alike, Dash is known for her nuanced, poignant touch given to a plethora of Black experiences. Defying boundaries for future generations, Dash made movie history with her critically-acclaimed 1991 "Daughters of the Dust," which was the first full-length film with general theatrical release by an African-American woman in the United States. 

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